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Electrical Engineers


Average employment growth, about 3 percent is expected for electrical engineers through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic "mildly affected" the utilities industry, according to an IBISWorld report. A slight decline in revenue in the electric power industry was expected for 2020, and because many offices and facilities have temporarily closed, a decrease in wages was also predicted. However, residential sector demand for electrical services has been increasing. Electrical engineers may have slow employment growth into 2021, but job opportunities will increase in the coming years. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that growth will be predominantly in professional, scientific, and technical services firms, and in research and development, as more companies are expected to tap the expertise of engineers in communications technologies and related new technologies. There will also be good opportunities for engineers in renewable energy and wireless telecommunications.

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